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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated December 18, 2014 - Editions No 928, 929, 930, 931 

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  11/12/2014: AACTA AWARDS AT G’DAY USA IN JANUARY
G'Day USA, the annual program that fosters deeper economic ties and promotes Australian capabilities in the US, has announced a new partnership with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). The AACTA International Awards will be presented as the centerpiece of G’Day USA’s LA Gala event on 31 January 2015.
  11/12/2014: AUSSIE SIX-PACK TO SUNDANCE
Six Australian projects have been invited to screen at the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 22 – Feb 1, 2015). South Australian Closer Productions’ Sam Klemke’s Time Machine will have its world premiere in the New Frontier Film section and Oscar Raby’s Assent will screen in the New Frontier Installations section. Two short films, Kitty Green’s The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul and Tim Marshall’s Followers, will premiere to the world in the Sundance Shorts Competition.
  11/12/2014: GOOD PITCH AUSTRALIA – APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2015
Filmmakers are invited to apply for GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA 2015. GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA - the international forum for social impact documentaries returns to Sydney in 2015 after its successful inaugural event in October 2014.
  11/12/2014: JULIAN LUCAS’ GRANNY SMITH WINS TROPFEST 2014
Julian Lucas from Elwood in Victoria has won the big prize at this year’s Tropfest with his film Granny Smith.
  11/12/2014: SOUTHGATE MELBOURNE’S 2015 SUMMER PROGRAMME
A new film program heralds the onset of summer from December-February at Southgate Cinema, Melbourne’s only silent cinema. A new season of the long-running and free Tuesday movie nights will be programmed until May 2015.
  18/12/2014: ADVANCE AUSTRALIAN FILM – ON FOXTEL AND TO BUY
Advance Australian Film is an investigative, thought-provoking documentary that explores the development and inner-workings of the Australian film industry, celebrating our key successes and examining the changes that are occurring across the global filmmaking landscape. It screened at some festivals earlier this year and is currently airing on Foxtel (Studio and World Movies) and has just become available for purchase from www.advanceausfilm.com
  18/12/2014: ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS IN 2015
The Alliance Française French Film Festival returbs for its 26th annual season around Australia from early March until mid-April 2015.
  18/12/2014: ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS WINNERS
Russian film Leviathan (produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, co-produced by Marianna Sardarova) has won the Asia Pacific Screen Award (APSA) for Best Feature Film, the region’s highest accolade in film, presented at the prestigious ceremony in Brisbane last week.
 
  20/11/2014: TRUE AUSSIE GRIT - MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Four of the grittiest, most dramatic Australian films ever made are to be screened over four consecutive Wednesdays from January 28, 2015, each followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, in the inaugural True Aussie Grit program through the Centre for Continuing Education, at the University of Sydney, presented by Andrew L. Urban.
  27/11/2014: WOMEN WHO FLIRT – IN AUSTRALIA & US
Young Chinese women are not that different from their Western counterparts, judging by the sassy new romantic comedy Women Who Flirt, from Pang Ho-Cheung, released this week in Australia and the US, through China Lion (in Mandarin with traditional Chinese and English subtitles).
 
  4/12/2014: AACTA AWARDS 2015 - NOMINEES
Sci-Fi thriller Predestination by the Spierig brothers leads on numbers with nine nominations, followed by Russell Crowe’s World War I epic The Water Diviner with eight nominations and David Michôd’s dystopian thriller The Rover with seven nominations.
  4/12/2014: CHINESE & AUSTRALIAN PRODUCERS HOLD HANDS
The Australian (SPA) and Chinese (CFPA) screen producer organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a platform “to develop greater exchange and strengthen bonds between screen content producers in China and Australia”.
  4/12/2014: DAVID & MARGARET: 2 STARS GET 5 STARS AT FAREWELL
The end-of-an-era party for David & Margaret was held on the 7th floor of the ABC tower in Ultimo, a symbolic 7th Heaven to which these two movie critics were welcomed to be acclaimed and fondly farewelled, after 28 years of movie reviews on television, first at SBS, latterly at the ABC.
  4/12/2014: GEORGE LIDDLE WINS BIG AT APDG AWARDS
Veteran designer George Liddle was awarded the Australian Production Designers’ Cameron Creswell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design for 2014 (and a standing ovation), while Predestination and The LEGO Movie also won awards. ALL THE AWARDS
  4/12/2014: IMAX ENJOYS BOX OFFICE SUCCESS WITH INTERSTELLAR
With the recent release of INTERSTELLAR, IMAX Darling Harbour is enjoying unprecedented interest in the film with latest figures revealing that the single-screen IMAX cinema secured an incredible 7.14% share of last week’s ticket box office takings nationally; and 28 sold out sessions since release.
  4/12/2014: OVER 100 FILMS VIE FOR FOUR US$25,000 GRANTS
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) has received a record number of submissions: more than 100 projects entered for the 2014 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. Exclusive to APSA Academy members, four US$25,000 development grants will be awarded, supported wholly by the MPA, and announced at the APSA Ceremony on Thursday, 11 December.
  4/12/2014: ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA 2015 PROGRAM & HIGHLIGHTS
St.George OpenAir Cinema unveiled its 2015 program today, the biggest ever to date, with an outstanding line-up of 42 films, including seven Premiere and 13 Preview screenings, along with a selection of this summer's major releases from multi-award winning directors.
 
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